62 per cent of SA schoolkids start school year at home as year 7s begin high school
The first ever year group of year 7s formally considered high-schoolers in South Australia has commenced the 2022 academic year, while just 104,000 of the 274,000 started learning on Wednesday face-to-face in a staggered start due to COVID-19 concerns.
Private schools in South Australia have structured academic cohorts with the inclusion of the seventh grade as part of a Middle-school education system in the past.
However, 2022 will see Year 7s no longer wearing the primary school label in the state’s public education system.
The shift for Year 7s was one of South Australian Premier Steven Marshall’s 2018 election pitches and Education Minister John Gardner says it better aligns students with the national curriculum. South Australia was the last state to officially shift year 7 to the high school level.
The development comes amid a time of widespread confusion and uncertainty for many parents in the state.
Concerns are held for the health of children in many South Australian communities, as students embark on a return to the school year while the Omicron variant of Covid-19 peaks in Australia.
The South Australian government also celebrated the opening of two new state-funded regional schools today, located in Whyalla and Goolwa.